Leeds United have had more televised games this season than any other English club.
14 - Leeds
12 - manutd, Liverpool & Aston Villa
11 - Arsenal, Chelsea & Spurs
Patrick Bamford returns to a familiar situation at Leeds United - the Roofe🔥 is on fire!!
Thanks to the YEP
TV strikes again!!
The Football Supporters’ Federation have expressed their dismay after it was revealed that fewer than one third of FA Cup third-round matches will be played at 3pm on a Saturday due to television contracts. Only 10 of the 32 third-round fixtures will be played at the traditional time on January 5, with the FA’s new six-year £820m overseas television contract contributing to a raft of rearrangements.
Of the other games, one will be played on Friday evening, seven will kick off at 12.30 on Saturday followed by five games kicking off Saturday evening at 17.30. There will be eight games on Sunday, including Leeds with afternoon kick offs and Wolves play Liverpool on Monday evening.
FSF Chairman Malcom Clarke said: “The third round of the FA Cup on the first Saturday in January was always one of the great highlights of the season, and to have less than one third of the games kicking off at three o’clock on Saturday definitely to some extent diminishes the magic of the day.”
Leeds are linked to Keiren Westwood and Karl Darlow as they look to get experienced cover for BPF when the January transfer window opens.
A strong Leeds United under 23 side that included Lewis Baker, Jack Harrison, ‘Izzy’ Brown and Patrick Bamford beat Burnley 6-3 at The Barnfield Training Centre with Patrick Bamford scoring a hat trick. The other goals coming from Clarke, Baker and Brown.
Patrick Bamford on his hat-trick against Burnley under 23’s yesterday: "I probably could've had four, maybe five. Whenever it's a chance I want and expect to score. I should've scored at least four but I'm happy to get three and it was important in the end because it helped the team win."
Bamford came through 90 minutes without problems and said he was very happy to be back ahead of schedule: "That was the main thing," he said of completing the fixture.
Vinnie Jones on his time at Leeds and how he took ‘Batts’ under his wing.
Thanks to LEEDSLIVE.
Worrying times at Bolton Wanderers FC.
“Bolton Wanderers Football Club can confirm that all outstanding salaries for its coaching and playing staff will be paid into their respective accounts on Friday morning. The delay in payment had been caused after an option with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) was explored. Although that option does remain in place at this moment in time, it is not the club’s preferred route.
Instead, Bolton Wanderers’ owner and chairman Ken Anderson will personally fund the outstanding salaries. The club would now like all attention turned towards Saturday’s important Sky Bet Championship fixture against Leeds United at the University of Bolton Stadium.
“Bolton Wanderers will not be making any further comment on this matter.”
The UK arm of Eleven Sports, owned by Andrea Radrizzani is under pressure. Rumours were circling yesterday that it may close. No comment from Leeds United but sources there indicating that it won't affect the running of the football club.
‘Izzy’ Brown on why he chose Leeds and glad to be back in the ‘frame’ for the first team: “When I’m here I feel important to the team and the fans around the city. When I go out into the city fans are always asking when I’ll be back, I feel like I’m wanted here. I did my ACL in January against Crystal Palace in a 50/50, I’d never felt any pain in my knee before until that day and since then following a defect I had to have a second operation to clear it out - which not many people know, since then, I’ve had no pain in my knee at all.”
“I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel now. They (Bielsa’s Leeds) play football how football should be played at a high intensity with them winning the ball back in the opposing half. They fight for each other and great a lot of chances - it is a dream for an attacking player, I can’t say one bad word about any player.”
“As soon as I come through the door they all made me feel welcome. Coops (Liam Cooper) gave me a little text, before I’d even met him, just saying “anything you need when you are up here, let me know” That’s what a captain should be like. You can see the togetherness on match days when one player goes in for a tackle and all the boys come running over. It is a good team spirit.”
“The other day I played in the under-23s game and he told me not to receive the ball standing still and to receive the ball when running. The way he thinks about the game is so different to other people and I think it is going to improve me. I have been training in the No.10 role, I like playing that position as you get a lot of the ball and have a lot of space to run - which is what I can do best. I know there’s some great players here in that position but I’m willing to wait my turn and work hard in training. I’m very excited to see what the manager has planned for me and I’ll be ready.”
Phil Hay Tweeted: “A major development at Leeds and somewhat out the blue - Getafe looking to do a deal for Samuel Saiz. Saiz unhappy in England and wants to go back to Spain. Could be set for a parting of ways.”
Ladies and Gentlemen. The ‘Bielsa Rhapsody’. Out now!!
Marcelo Bielsa on the recent form of Leeds: “The only thing I can do is be happy about the four wins in a row, if you take the teams and link the different results, you will see that there will be ups and downs for each team. When you win the previous game, you take the next game in better conditions, but you don’t have any guarantees. Sometimes when you have positive cycles, you can become more relaxed and when you relax you are weaker.”
Bielsa on the Christmas period: “We also have to take into account and see if it affects the physical and football performance of the players. As well as this, we have to take into account the possibility of injuries, because when you play so many games in such a short time, it increases the risk of injuries.”
“The head coach of Middlesbrough, Tony Pulis, a man with a lot of experience, told me that December is a crucial month for the Championship. So we are trying to adapt to find good solutions for this moment of the competition. I haven’t decided the starting 11 for Bolton yet.”
Bielsa would not say whether either Patrick Bamford or ‘Izzy’ Brown would be in the squad at the weekend but Tyler Roberts has trained with the first team and will be in the squad that travels to Bolton on Saturday.
Ronaldo Vieira in the FourFourTwo magazine about his move to Sampdoria: "The move was quite quick. They just came with an offer and that’s what happens - when the club receives a good offer, they accept it. I was willing and open to it, so everything went smoothly. I have no bad feelings about Leeds; I’m grateful for what they've done for me, and I think I improved a lot as a player and became more mature there, so I thank them. I’m still supporting them now.”
We’ve met before.
Bolton 2 Leeds 3 August 2017
Bolton 1 Leeds 2 FA Cup 3 Jan.16
Bolton 1 Leeds 1 October 2015
Bolton 1 Leeds 1 January 2015
Bolton 0 Leeds 1 September 2013
All except January 2016 are Championship games.
Samuel Saiz set to head to Spain for a medical with Getafe. Leeds United granting his request to leave and deal is close. The rumoured deal is to be a six month loan leading to a permanent deal in the summer.
Leeds travel to Bolton with four unbeaten games behind them, their host’s haven’t won in five games. Bolton without doubt are in the mire financially and have struggled to pay their players and staff recently.
This is the Championship mind you so be careful of putting Leeds down as a ‘banker’ on your football coupon. Strange results have happened all season and if Leeds underestimate their opponents they may get a painful reminder in the rear!
Leeds will be boosted by the return to the squad of Patrick Bamford, it might be too soon for ‘Izzy’ Brown to join the striker on the bench. Bielsa is expected to be cautious with the midfielder and may wait until next week to bring the midfielder back into the first team squad.
Either Kalvin Phillips or Aapo Halme will partner Pontus Jansson in the centre of defence. Samuel Siaz looks to be departing back to Spain so it looks as he’s played his last game for the club.
An early goal from the visitors should be enough to put them on the road to a fifth win in a row. Leeds 2-0.
The Bolton News’ chief football writer, Marc Iles has been banned from attending Bolton Wanderers matches at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Marc will not be granted access to the stadium for home fixtures or pre-match press conferences, a decision taken following his coverage of Wanderers’ recent off-field issues. The ban, imposed by club chairman Ken Anderson and sent via email to The Bolton News editor’s this morning and begins with immediate effect.
Bolton v Leeds.
Team News: Lewis Baker replaces Samuel Siaz in midfield, Tyler Roberts replaces Baker on the bench. Three changes for Bolton.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Douglas, Jansson, Phillips, Shackleton, Forshaw, Hernandez(c), Klich, Baker, Alioski, Roofe.
Leeds started strongly and had three opportunities to score Hernandez, Klich and Roofe kept out by Ainwick in the Bolton goal. The miserable weather made conditions hard in the first half for both teams to control the game.
As in recent games Jack Clarke was introduced in place of Lewis Baker and the youngster had the Bolton defence in retreat as his direct runs made life difficult for them.
Noone gave the host’s something to cheer when he found space to curl an effort just wide of a post. Leeds introduced fit-again Patrick Bamford for Kemar Roofe just after the hour mark and within ten minutes the returning striker had given Leeds the lead, Clarke ran at Bolton’s defence before feeding Klich and Pablo Hernandez who delightfully found Patrick Bamford. The striker flashed the ball past Ainwick to score on his return to first team action.
‘Bam, Bam’ Bamford scores the winner and celebrates.
Leeds had a late scare when Phillips clashed with Noone in the penalty area but the referee waved away the penalty claims of Bolton. Klich nearly doubled Leeds’ lead but Ainwick palmed his effort away from the goal, Bolton’s last effort to deny Leeds the three points was Lowe’s effort that went wide of the post.
Leeds’ last five games have only seen one goal conceded and that itself is remarkable considering that the defence is missing Ayling, Berardi and Cooper. The five game winning run is the best since 2009.
Man of the Match: Pablo Hernandez, magical, mercurial and just basically ace!!
Marcelo Bielsa: “(Bamford) can be very important (for us). For him, it is very good for his confidence. He has worked very hard to gain his full fitness. And it's important to have two important strikers in our team. It is very difficult to play in an offensive position for any team. And to have different possibilities. But we also have Jack Clarke, Jack Harrison, Tyler Roberts and Bamford in offensive positions. I always have the idea of having 18 starters in the team and also to have some youngsters to cover the necessities."
Phil Parkinson: “The lads gave absolutely everything. I feel for them and they left nothing in the pitch at all. Leeds are a good side but we pressed them terrifically well.”
"We restricted them to very few chances. We just lacked when we closed them down and nicked the ball off them that bit of quality to find that pass to go and hurt them. We needed to have that bit of calmness when we had the ball. But I can't fault the lads in terms of effort and commitment."
David Watkins on five wins ‘on the bounce’, magical Pablo and his review of the 1-0 victory at a rainy University of Bolton stadium.
Thank you David.
Makes lovely reading! Eleven points clear of seventh placed Nottingham Forest.
Samuel Siaz’s imminent departure seems to have split fans, one are understanding of the player’s wanting to return to Spain with his pregnant partner, on the other side a few aren’t as much so. Here’s what was tweeted on the morning of the game with Bolton.
“We've lost Saiz, Samuel Saiz
I just don't think you understand!
He fucked off back to Spain
he doesn’t like the rain
We've lost Samuel Saiz”
Reaction to the five game winning run as you’d imagine is pretty positive with the Spanish midfielder Pablo Hernandez being mentioned in most fan’s posts. Other players mentioned were returning striker Patrick Bamford, Jamie Shackleton(can you believe he’s just come into the team!) and Pontus Jansson and Kalvin Phillips in defence, Adam Forshaw once again superb at the heart of the midfield.
It’s the team ethic that is so evident in the run of five wins, one draw and the solitary defeat at WBA. The response to that disappointing display has been even more remarkable, considering the players that are still missing.
Pontus Jansson summing it up perfectly in a tweet: “Remember one thing, this Leeds United isn’t about one, two or three important players. We are a squad and we will never stop no matter what happens. Game by game and what ever happens, we are ready for every challenge! 🚀🚀”
A view of the game from the opposition from Chris Bowden who was kind enough to do the ‘interview’ pre game.
WANDERERS slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Leeds United to stay second bottom of the Championship it’s unbelievable how we are not bottom. From a Wanderers point of view conceding on the 66th min from Bamford was disappointing especially after he had only come onto the field 5mins earlier. Over all 3 changes happened for Wanderers, Josh Vela , David Wheater and Josh Magennis came into replace Sammy Ameobi who was suspended for the game, Mark Beavers out due to a calf injury and Chris Doidge dropped due to Parkinson probably wanting more of a target man against Leeds.
Bolton have now failed to win any in of their last 12 games and have done only once in 18 since the end of August. Today we managed just 30% possession and from what I can remember NO shots on target which shows the midfield needs some flair. Some stats also read Bolton had the lowest number of shots on target in a game this season against which isn’t surprising at all Just 4 shots overall a good win for Leeds which will help them massively with the challenge to reach the prem.
Leeds, overall I expected them to come and have a real go at us, some fans were surprised the game only finished 1-0. I was expecting Roofe to be a danger but he didn’t appear to do much at all, a few shakes at the back which I think most better sides could have taken advantage of.
To keep up with the automatic promotion places you will have to play better than you did on Saturday. I still expect Leeds to finish in the top two!
Attendance: 17,484 (4,577 Leeds fans)
Thank you Chris
Heidi Haigh on Siaz leaving, Bremner Square and a ‘soggy’ and cold day in Bolton. A win, mind you warmed the hearts of the Leeds faithful.
Thank you Heidi.
Patrick Bamford on the push for promotion and “Leeds mean business!” and his gratitude to the medical staff at the club.
Thanks to the YEP.
Dean Smith, Aston Villa’s Manager
on his free scoring team and the upcoming game with Leeds: “We're looking forward to Leeds United at home, it will be close to a full house. They're a team up there doing well and one we believe we can beat. I know we’ve got players who will score goals, that’s one guarantee. It doesn’t matter who we play against - Stoke, Leeds, West Brom, we will score.”
As I’ve mentioned earlier in the blog five games unbeaten is bloody impressive considering the circumstances(injuries)but it seems the mind set is next man up is been used to motivate the squad.
I’m personally sad to see Samuel Siaz leave but some things are even bigger than Leeds United FC. Big game on Sunday, beat the Villa and set up the Christmas games with Blackburn and Hull very nicely.
Samuel Saiz’s move to Getafe is confirmed by both clubs. The midfielder is set to join the La Liga side on loan with a view to a permanent £6million transfer in the summer.
Samu Saiz for Leeds in the Championship:
1331 successful passes
112 chances created
110 successful take-ons
102 times fouled
75.6% pass accuracy
28 tackles won
25% shot accuracy
11 yellow cards
4 woodwork shots
And one silly sending off!
The Spaniard will not return to Leeds and will remain in Madrid until his loan starts on January 1st.
A harsh move to take by all accounts, but a move that had the players best interest at heart. It’d be a surprise to see Leeds not enter the market for a replacement.
By Keith Ingham